Talk Radio With Heart & Soul
WRNP 1320 AM Radio Providence, RI
This week’s guest to Cardinal Points Sanford Lee, Acupuncturist, begins our show by explaining the Yi Jing(I Ching) an ancient Chinese classic text, compiled some 3,000 years ago. “Basically the concept behind it is that everything changes. The universe is in a constant state of flux.” The Yi Ching tries to teach people how to live their lives in alignment with the universe. “It is a guide to help people live their lives as fully as possible.” Sanford tells us how he was introduced to acupuncture through martial arts. “The more I looked into it the more it resonated with my core.” This is when he learned about the concept of chi, the invisible energy that flows within us. Sanford educates us about some of the benefits of Acupuncture. It can block pain and decrease the effects of stress on the body. “On a deeper level it changes the energy circulation in the body.” The goal is to allow the energy to flow as optimally as possible. Sanford interjects the point that stagnation of the energy in our bodies often reflects the stagnation of energy in certain aspects of our lives, our bodies are a microcosm of the universal macrocosm. In order for us to fulfill our life’s purpose our chi, life energy, must flow freely. Sanford then draws a comparison between Yoga and Chinese philosophy. We all have an internal compass that guides us to reach our maximum potential if we choose to follow it. Sanford states we will sometimes experience challenges in our lives. “We cannot learn and grow without going through hardship.” Acupuncture was invented in China and then migrated to Japan. The Japanese use a thinner needle that is less painful and offers a more subtle stimulation. The subtlety of their techniques is what attracted Sanford to this style of acupuncture. He describes his acupuncture style today as a “amalgam of different traditions.” “Each practitioner has to find a way that resonates with him or herself.” You have to make it your own. We cannot be satisfied with what we know right now. We need to be constantly teachable. “I am constantly stretching.” “I am so grateful for where I am. I feel like I am doing work that is true to myself.” We all have to embrace change. Sanford believes that in order to transcend some of our personal and world challenges we need to see it as an opportunity for change; don’t get despondent. Painting and drawing brings Sanford great solace. In closing Sanford reminds us to have fun; listen to music and dance.
Sanford Lee, founder and owner of Traditional Eastern Medicine, Inc., is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
He received his initial training in traditional acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet therapy, and Tuina (Chinese massage therapy) at the New England School of Acupuncture in Watertown, Massachusetts. He went on to study extensively in Japan.
Sanford has also studied an martial art form called the Way of the Dragon and is a certified medical Qigong instructor. In addition to acupuncture and traditional eastern medicine he is a student of the “Yi Jing” (I Ching, or “The Book of Changes”). Sanford is also a professional artist.